Dundee Stars secure second home win over Braehead Clan
Dundee Stars' head coach Marc Lefevbre reckons beating Braehead Clan for the second time at home has laid down a marker for their Gardiner Conference ambitions.
The Tayside men went toe to toe with Ryan Finnerty's men on Saturday, but were edged out 6-4 in Glasgow.
However, they beat the Clan on penalty shots in Sunday's rematch, having enjoyed a 2-1 win over them on Tayside on 20 September.
And Lefebvre was thrilled to see his team grind out the result, even if, by his own admission, Sunday's performance was not as good.
He said: "I actually thought we played better on Saturday than on Sunday, to be honest, but we ground out the win which was important for our hockey club.
"Beating Braehead twice certainly gives us a marker if we want to win the Gardiner Conference this season. They're the team to beat and we have to keep that going.
"I was pleased for Lou Dickenson to score two goals and get the winning penalty shot on Sunday's game. He's played hard for us in the last few weeks came good at the right time."
Saturday's performance by the Stars can only be described as valiant as they eventually yielded in a 6-4 loss in Glasgow.
A tight game saw Curtis Leinweber cancel out Alex Leavitt's opener, before Chris Bruton restored Braehead's lead.
Bobby Chaumont and David Turon turned the game in Dundee's favour, but Thomas Nesbitt equalised for the home side, only for Mikael Lidhammar to put the Stars in front again.
Clan turned the game and clinched the points through goals from Leavitt, Stefan Meyer and Bruton in a thrilling match.
The teams met on Tayside 24 hours later and another enthralling encounter went the distance as the rematch went all the way to penalty shots.
Two from Dickenson and one from Riley Wetmore for Dundee were cancelled out by strikes from Jamie Fritsch, Leavitt and Meyer.
But it was Dickenson's penalty shot that ultimately clinched the points for Lefebvre's side, who continue their good start to the season.
For the Clan, it was a decent weekend, taking five out of six points across the league and Challenge Cup overall.
They returned to home ice on Friday night after five weeks on the road and marked the occasion with a 5-3 victory over Fife Flyers.
Jeff Lee cancelled out Scott Pitt's opener for Clan, before Brendan Brooks and Leavitt gave the home side a two-goal advantage, only for TJ Caig to pull one back for the Flyers.
Meyer and Ric Jackman added goals four and five to seal the points for the Clan, despite a late consolation from Ryan Dingle.
Fife went home to Kirkcaldy on Saturday where Cardiff Devils waited for them, but their night ended in defeat again as they lost 3-1.
Leigh Salters and Guillaume Doucet found the net for the Welsh side, with Michael Dorr notching one for the home fans. Tomas Kurka killed Flyers off with the third late on.
Todd Dutiaume's men ended their weekend in Nottingham with their fifth loss in six as they were beaten 5-2 at Nottingham Panthers.
Panthers went ahead through Juraj Kolnik and Andy Bohmback, before Nicholas Rioux got on the scoresheet for Fife, but Stephen Schultz then restored Nottingham's two-goal lead.
Ollie Betteridge struck within a minute of the restart to make it 4-1, with Rioux adding Fife's second shortly after. Bohmback's second in the final period clinched the points late on.
Edinburgh Capitals won one and lost one as they took on Manchester Storm in a double header, but took three points out of four overall.
Riley Emmerson took his side to Altrincham in the first part, but despite getting a point, finished on the losing side, going down 3-2 after penalty shots.
Taylor Dickin put the Caps in front, but Manchester stormed into the lead through Matthew Sisca and Vinny Scarsella.
David Rutherford's leveller took the game into overtime then penalty shots, where Luke Salazar clinched the game with the decisive effort.
Both teams came to Murrayfield on Sunday and the Caps made it honours even with a tight 5-4 win over their Manchester opponents.
Salazar cancelled out Dickin's opener, but David Rutherford and Ryan Hayes opened up a two-goal cushion for the Caps.
Another from Salazar and one from Patrik Valcak pulled Storm level, but Hayes and Dickin struck again to put Edinburgh 5-3 ahead.
Despite Valcak nabbing his second for the visitors, the Capitals held firm to take a hard fought home win and end the weekend on a high.
Braehead Clan 5-3 Fife Flyers (Challenge Cup)
Braehead Clan 6-4 Dundee Stars (League/Challenge Cup)
Fife Flyers 1-3 Cardiff Devils (League)
Manchester Storm 3-2 Edinburgh Capitals (League)
Dundee Stars 4-3 (PS) Braehead Clan (League)
Edinburgh Capitals 5-4 Manchester Storm (League)
Nottingham Panthers 5-2 Fife Flyers (League)